Coffee Companion: July 12, 2012

Each morning, Monday through Friday, we'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.

** Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team hopes to add a "set-up hitter" with the ability to reach base consistently.


Dan Connolly

takes a look at the

in the season’s second half, including one about the club’s poor first-half defense.

** Ravens safety Ed Reed told a local radio host that he’s “still thinking things through” regarding his future with the team. Training camp begins July 25.


Linebacker Jalen Brooks is

in College Park. He committed just a week and a half after visiting campus.

** The release of the Freeh report, by a former FBI director, revealed that Joe Paterno and other Penn State administrators protected Jerry Sandusy to preserve the program's image.


Ravens offensive tackle

Bryant McKinnie

told Yahoo! Sports Radio that he has

. The Ravens wanted McKinnie to lose weight so he could remain fresh late in games.

** The Orioles have agreed to terms with Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia. The deal is pending a physical.


The Orioles remain confident that

gets finalized.

** Norman Sas, the inventor of the Electric Football game, has died.